Lord Shiva is the transformer in the Holy Trinity - Tridev. His importance and stories are spread far and wide. His rage against injustice is equally famous. And out of this rage, at some point, were born nine celestial bodies which are now commonly known as ‘Navagraha’. These Navagraha or ‘Nine Planets’ are cosmically connected to our horoscopes and are known to affect us either positively or negatively. The Navagraha comprise of Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Buddh, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. The Navagraha Puja is carried out to increase the positive effects and diminish the negative energies in an individual’s life.
There are many instances in life when we are stuck or in trouble. More often than not these bad phases in life are evident in our horoscopes. It is the movement and positions of these Navagrahas that seriously change the course of our lives. Each of these Navagrahas is said to represent a different aspect of our life and the planetary movement can accordingly affect it.
The Sun represents the ‘Father’; also known as soul, king or the enlightened one. The Moon represents the ‘Mother’: also refers to as the mind or the queen. Mangal or Mars is symbolic of confidence, high energy and ego. Buddh or Mercury represents Communication. Guru or Jupiter symbolizes a Guru i.e. a highly esteemed teacher. Venus or Shukra, a more feminine planet, is symbolic of reproduction, pleasure and wealth. Shani or Saturn holds importance for education and career. Rahu is considered to be a mischievous planet, because he is an Asura i.e. demon. He is known infamously to plunge normal lives into chaos. Ketu symbolizes supernatural influences.
These ill–effects of adverse planetary movement can result in anything. It could be a period of financial loss, or a bad relationship, deteriorating health etc. To reduce, if not reverse, the ill-effects of these ill-fated periods, a Navagraha Puja can be performed to appease each of these nine celestial bodies.
Most areas of our lives are defined by the placement and movement of the Navagrahas. The effects can be good as well as bad. If it is the latter then chanting the Navagraha Mantras and doing the Navagraha Puja can bring tremendous positive energy through vibrations. This Puja is considered as one of the best and the most powerful tools for pacifying the more enraged planets. The malefic outcomes can be reduced if the Puja is done with utmost sincerity.
Hence this Puja is highly recommended for all those people who are undergoing some major issues in their lives.
Traces of the Mantra were first found in the Rig Veda. Subsequently, the mantra was also mentioned in the Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Many mythological incidents have been attached to the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.
This mantra was once a secret mantra which only Rushi Markandeya knew. Once Prajapati Daksha (Sati’s father), cursed Chandra, the moon. Chandra was suffering from the ill-effects of the curse when Rushi Markandeya gave this mantra to Sati to give it to Chandra. By doing the Jaap, Chandra felt the effects of the curse slowing down. For further protection, Lord Shiva placed Chandra on his head. Since then the crescent moon adorns Shiva’s hair.
Another story behind the Maha Mrityunjaya states that it was known as Bija mantra that was given by Lord Shiva himself to Sage Shukracharya because the latter had completed a very exhausting period of austerity. The mantra was later passed on from Sage Shukracharya to Rushi Dadichi Maharaj to King Kshuva via whom it ultimately became a part of the Shiva Purana.
Navagraha Puja is one of those amazing Pujas that can be done at any time and on any number of times in our lives. A Navagraha Puja is commonly done in conjunction with many other Pujas like Graha Shanti Puja, Vastu Shanti Puja or Satyanarayan Puja. It can be easily considered as a Cleansing Ritual. General occasions when Navagraha Puja can be done are
This mantra is easily accessible to every human being on this planet. One simply needs complete conviction, faith and devotion while chanting. Believe that the mantra will work for you.
The Muhurat (day, date and time) has to be decided by the Pandit. He bases this on the horoscope of the person for whom the Puja has to be performed. This is done so as to reap the maximum benefits.
Every day of the week represents a respective Graha; for instance Surya mantra is to be said on Sunday.
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